10 best places to shop at Broadway at the Beach

Close your eyes and thing of three random items, let's say, a beach ball, a bag of candy and a bottle of wine. You can find all three at the more than 100 shops at Broadway at the Beach, and the same is true no matter what three things you can come up with. With rows of stores to browse through, ranging from national and international chain outlets to local mom-and-pop shops, you're sure to find everything and anything you are looking for at the Broadway at the Beach retail district. Best of all, with a wide array of options to choose from, families and large parties can go to the complex, split up and rest assured that no one will be bored. Send the kids to play at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, drop the hubby off at the sports bar and let the teenagers head to the movies while you stroll through retail heaven at a leisurely pace. Check out unique boutiques like Tango Bay Clothing Company or Lucy Lou's, pick up some great gifts at Klig's Kites, or enjoy a wine-tasting at Boardwalk Winery. There are more stores than you can sift through in a day, so make a night of it too, capped by dinner and some dancing. Broadway at the Beach is your one-stop spot for shopping - and so much more.


Sports Fanatics
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Sports fans have a home away from home at Sports Fanatics at Broadway at the Beach. Featuring items from virtually every pro and college sports team in the country, perhaps even the world, Sports Fanatics stocks thousands of jerseys, caps, T-shirts, home, yard and automobile decorative items, and those not in stock can be ordered and delivered to the store or your door. Choose from your favorite teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR and even overseas soccer leagues, Sports Fanatics carries brands like New Era, Zephyr, Reebok, Adidas, Nike, Majestic, Under Armour, Trion-Z, Power Balance and much more.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Sports Fanatics carries a wide selection of hard-to-find items for fans of any sport.

Terry's expert tip: Personalized jerseys make great gift ideas for the hard-core fans in your life.

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Boardwalk Winery
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When most people close their eyes an envision a winery, the setting is usually more pastoral and rural than this one. That's because Boardwalk Winery is located right in the middle of all the action at the popular Broadway at the Beach complex. But don't let the location fool you; this isn't some outlet store for wines made elsewhere and imported. Boardwalk Winery ferments, labels and bottles its own brand of wines on-site in a fun and casual atmosphere. Offering a "Vacation in a Bottle," Boardwalk Winery gives guests a chance to taste and purchase a wide array of flavors ranging from dry to sweet to remember your visit to the beach, or ship a gift for your favorite vino collector.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Visitors can learn a lot about making (as well as tasting) wine at Boardwalk Winery.

Terry's expert tip: Free wine tastings are illegal in South Carolina, but a small fee will get you a lot of sips at Boardwalk Winery.

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Tango Bay Clothing Co.
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Start your Myrtle Beach vacation in true tropical style by stopping at Tango Bay Clothing Co. at Broadway at the Beach. Featuring a full line of clothing and accessories for men, women and children, Tango Bay is your place to shop for all the beach appropriate attire for the family. Women can choose from a wide selection of beachwear, from bathing suits and wraps to sundresses and sandals, while men have a complete range of shorts, shirts and caps to augment the beach wardrobe with casual, comfortable clothes. Kids can find a great selection of T-shirts, flip-flops and hats, plus the whole family can benefit from the beach bags and other accessories.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Myrtle Beach is filled with cheap imitation beachwear shops and stores, but Tango Bay is the real deal.

Terry's expert tip: Even if you're just browsing, it's worth stopping in just for a photo op on the 45-foot boat in the center of the store.

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Martin's PGA TOUR Superstore - Broadway
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If you're looking for anything remotely to do with golf, you've come to the right place. The Grand Strand, featuring more than 100 golf courses, is a popular destination for hackers from all over the world and a good number of them forget to bring something vital to their game, like clubs, shoes, balls or even tees. But it's also a one-stop shop for all you golfing wants as well as needs. Upgrade your clubs or have them refitted or regripped on-site. And for those who are entrusting their clubs to the airlines, a carrying case that protects your valuable sticks may be just the trick.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Martin's offers a great chance to grab your golf needs while you're out for a night on the town.

Terry's expert tip: PGA Tour Superstores offer a full range of bags and carrying cases for your clubs.

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Broadway T-Shirt Company
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There is no more universal vacation gift than the tried-and-true T-shirt. Everybody wears them, and there's at least one perfect match for everyone on your list - including yourself. Although you can buy a T-shirt in virtually every store at Broadway at the Beach, you won't find a wider selection of styles, sizes and, most of all, designs than Broadway T-Shirt Company. From Myrtle Beach-themed artwork, logos and lingo to air-brushed souvenirs, this well-stocked shop has the perfect fit for you and all the names on your shopping list. Unlike the bargain beachwear shops around town, Broadway T-Shirt Company offers quality, 100-percent cotton shirts.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Myrtle Beach is loaded with cheap T-shirt shops, but Broadway T-Shirt Company has the quality and quantity.

Terry's expert tip: Discounts are available by quantity so it's a good place to cross off your gift list and reload your wardrobe.

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Crabby Jack's General Store
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There was a simpler time in America when people purchased everything from the local general store. Those days are still here at Crabby Jack's General Store at Broadway at the Beach. This huge place has it all - from Myrtle Beach souvenirs and collectibles to cold drinks and snacks. In fact, if you're looking for something specific and can't find it anywhere else at the more than 100 shops at Broadway at the Beach, there's a good chance it's sitting on one pf the many loaded shelves at Crabby Jack's, a one-of-a-kind emporium of oddities and all things Myrtle Beach.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: If you can't find it at Crabby Jack's, good luck finding it somewhere else.

Terry's expert tip: For gender equity sake, check out sister-store Crabby Jill's on the other side of Broadway.

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Klig's Kites
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If someone tells you to go fly a kite, at least you know where to go. Yes, Klig's Kites sells all kinds of traditional and stunt kites, as well as kite-surfing and kite-boarding equipment, but it also has much more. In fact, Klig's Kites is the most unique retail store at Broadway at the Beach, and a fun place just to visit. Klig's carries funny gags, unique toys and magic items, as well as a wide range of collegiate and professional sports merchandise you can display on your home or vehicle. If you're looking to jazz up your yard or patio, Klig's has lots of flags, garden flags, ground spinners, windsocks, wind chimes and mailbox covers to choose from.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Klig's Kites is one of the most uniquely interesting stores on the Grand Strand.

Terry's expert tip: Be sure to check out the store during the summer when "The Funny Man" is doing free demonstrations of magic and comedy.

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A Silver Shack
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This isn't your traditional jewelry shop. Yes, A Silver Shack has all the usual fashion pieces, but it also doubles as a bit of an art museum with a unique collection of decorative exhibits. As the name implies, A Silver Shack has one of the largest and most diverse displays of sterling silver jewelry and accessories, as well as original art and crafts from the owners native Scandinavia. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, the owner's eclectic tastes are on full display, making A Silver Strand well worth a visit and short browse even if you don't plan on purchasing anything from the store.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Myrtle Beach has lots of jewelry stores that sell the same pieces, but A Silver Shack is truly one of a kind.

Terry's expert tip: If the owner is present and not busy, you can gain a wealth of knowledge about silver and jewelry in general.

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Ron Jon Surf Shop
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Before you hit the beach for some fun in the sun, check out Rom Jon's Surf Shop for all your beachwear needs. This East Coast chain is known in the surf community for its quality water-sports equipment, but it's also a trendy name in apparel, accessories, swimwear and more. Men, women and children can find everything from beach towels, sunscreen and beach toys at Ron Jon's, while expert and novice surfers can pick up a new board or some wax. Ron Jon's also caters to skateboarders, aka suburban surfers, and even wannabes can look the part by picking up a T-shirt or souvenir. Ron Jon's carries all the major national brands of surf gear.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: Bargain beachwear stores are on virtually every corner in Myrtle Beach, but Ron Jon's has the real deal.

Terry's expert tip: Surfers can get some tips from the staff about when and where to catch the best waves on the Grand Strand.

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The Mole Hole
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Visitors were discovering rare treasure at this locally owned shop two decades before Broadway at the Beach was born. Unlike most of the stores at Broadway at the Beach, which opened in the mid-1990s, The Mole Hole has been in business on the Grand Strand since 1978. The small but thriving gift shop relocated to the popular entertainment, dining and shopping complex to play to a wider audience, and the response has been outstanding. Offering a wide range of knick-knacks, curios, collectibles, jewelry and gifts, The Mole Hole carries Pandora Beads, Swarovski Crystal, Rhythm Clocks, Precious Moments, Snowbabies, Porter Music Boxes, Sandicast, Kaleidoscopes, Russian Santas, Disney items and more.

Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: There's a hidden gem for even the toughest people to shop for at The Mole Hole.

Terry's expert tip: Just looking? The Mole Hole packs more unique merchandise into this spacious store than you can explore in under an hour.

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